All over BigSoccer you see the battlecry of how soccer is growing in this country. Attendance thread people point out ticket sales are up. Expansion threads point to new teams and owners to illustrate their take on growth. The Addidas deal shows progress made on the business side. Bricks and mortar of new stadiums show the league is putting down its roots. The level of play is getting better and so on. These are obviously all great things and do in fact show growth. Lots of it. On the other hand, there is much less evidence showing that the sport of soccer is growing. The drastic drop of fan bases in Dallas and Boston are well chronicled here. Barely a few thousand could be bothered to attend Colorado's only playoff game. I see first hand METRO's fan base slipping. And so on through the league. In more cases than not, it seems that the hardcore base of fans in most MLS towns are shrinking, not growing. Because it is more intangible and harder to quantify, this important element of growth often goes undiscussed. Which brings me to my question. Is MLS doing a good job selling the sport of soccer??